Biography

An ‘explosion of sound’ from Cardiff. We bring the party with a mixture of jazz, pop, ska, funk and fun.

Our repertoire spans music from every genre – from New Orleans street tunes, Caribbean ska beats and African township to the pop classics of Britney, the electronic sounds of Calvin Harris and the legendary hits of the Rolling Stones.

A mixture of original music and red hot interpretations of songs you know and love, Wonderbrass are the band for every occasion.

About us

Led by multi instrumentalist and composer Rob Smith and jazz drummer Mark O’Connor, our set-up provides an inclusive, creative and dynamic approach to making music. We embrace all genres of music and perform in concert halls, carnival parades and live-music venues, indoor and outdoor, all over the world – no gig too big, no gig too small!

From humble beginnings as a ten week workshop in the South Wales Valleys in 1992, we’ve become an internationally acclaimed performance outfit, working with artists such as South Africa’s Amampondo, trumpet legend Claude Deppa, Brooklyn’s influential ska trombonist King Django, and jazz composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde.

Visit the Projects page to find out more about our projects and performances.

How we work

Wonderbrass are not like other bands; the fees we take from performances are used to fund tuition costs and projects for the band so that members are able to perform with and learn from top musicians from a variety of backgrounds and genres. This also means that we play for the love of it, so a professional and passionate performance is guaranteed every time.

Expect an intoxicating mix of jazz, Latin, ska, pop, township and soul performed on an eclectic mix of instruments including trumpets, flutes, trombones, saxophones, guitar, drums and keyboards.

Contact us to book us for a performance!